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    Being a Godly Husband/Parent, Making a God-Fearing Family, Bible Doctrines, Soul Winning, Talkin' Bible, Black Powder Shooting/Hunting, Fishing, Rocketry.
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    A wretch saved by amazing grace, June 13, 2007.

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  1. I need to be saved

    So, if you died tomorrow where would you go?
  2. I need to be saved

    "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth." - John 9:31 The Lord doesn't converse with lost people or unrepentant sinners Roselove. Is your husband saved the bible's way? Do you realize that you keep looking to get saved by doing something? Lady, you cannot do anything to get saved, your best works are as filthy rags. From your writings, your mind is right about God and sin but have you fully placed your trust in Christ alone for salvation? Are you still trying to do something that will please the Lord?
  3. Nervous while praying in public

    It's natural for praying in public to a baby christian to feel unnatural and awkward. And indeed it is for you as it something new. I too felt awkward but not anymore, we boldly pray and hold hands too wherever we are! We are Christians, we have the power, not the heathen and this lost world! Let their sins make them squirm. “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” - Mark 8:38 I have a relative who made a profession of faith 23 years ago; a charismatic. I was saved ten years ago. To this day, that relative still refuses to say grace even at his own dinner table. I don't know about him, but I'm thankful for every morsel that God graciously gives to our family and allows us to share with friends and family. I have no problem saying it. Soul winning on the other hand, terrible, just terrible. Except for my house. I'm a work in progress Roselove and like everyone else here, won't be made perfect until we get our glorified bodies!
  4. Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?

    Simon was saved. How could it read any other way? Verse 9 tells us that Simon's sorcery was past, he didn't do it anymore. Verse 11 tells us that his actions are past tense, not doing it anymore. Verses 12 and 13 show that people that held Simon in high regard believed on the Lord (Got Saved) and were Baptized and he did likewise. It reads no other way. Verses 18-24 show as Heartstrings pointed out, this man sinned and was rebuked and he made repentance and did not want to do wrong. Admitting and not wanting to do wrong is a sign of being saved. In Proverbs it says the wise in heart receive commandments. Simon did because he was.
  5. I need to be saved

    Roselove, When a person makes repentance to God for salvation, it's not an act, it's a heart matter. You now know in your heart that vanity and pride are sins, not that if you don't stop you're salvation didn't work. Does that make sense? I know that cursing is bad and I do not like it anymore but let a wrench slip off a rusty bolt and bust my knuckle and evil communications proceed from my lips. Sometimes in front of my children too! That doesn't mean I'm not saved, it means I'm a depraved sinner! Then because I've sinned, I ask the Lord for forgiveness (repentance for sin). What you describe as being prideful I would classify as a lack of self confidence. So if you realize that you're a guilty sinner and have put your trust in Christ, Roselove, you are saved for all eternity. Now is the time to read your bible and get baptized and discipled at your church. It is not a sin to wear makeup as long as it is modest and doesn't cause a brother or yourself to stumble into sin. The devil constantly reminds me of my failings and infirmities. I trust in His Word and through answered prayer know that despite my limitations my actions keep me right with the Lord. Many of us have these same struggles.
  6. I need to be saved

    Salvation is not feeling. If you've made biblical repentance before God and put your trust in Jesus Christ then you are saved, now and for eternity. Right now there is an invisible war going on for your soul. The author of lies, the devil and his demons, are doing their best to keep you from the truth and rest in Christ. The Holy Ghost however has you under conviction to get saved through his Word. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw close to God and he will draw closer to you. What sin do you not want to give up? Giving up sin does not save you. Acknowledging that your sins are sins and worthy of death is repentance for salvation. We all sin every day, before and after salvation. It does not mean we're not saved. Have you talked to your pastor and the saints at church?
  7. Bill the Church Hopper

    If this knucklehead was a baptist he wouldn't have to travel all over town for good food, drink, fellowship and preaching!
  8. Climate change

    Dave, Years ago I read that oil and coal is still being made in the bowels of the earth. During the Cold War, the Soviets dug for oil far deeper than we had to so they could get oil. 53,000 feet I seem to remember. There was also studies read that said oil was not organic, that it picked up organic materials as it traveled through the soil, that it was produced in the bowels of the earth, near the molten core. Interesting stuff but not compelled to look into it more or hang my hat on any of it. I do know this, the left always lies for their entire ideology is contrary to the Bible and that God is in control. I'm all for nuclear power, my home is powered by the split atom from the two Combustion Engineering reactors not five or six miles away as the crow flies.
  9. Requirements for Pastors

    It's painfully clear that some here are grammatically challenged and like me cannot diagram a sentence, something 4th grade christian children are taught to do (ABeka). Thankfully, my A+/100 grade earning daughter Julia was happy to oblige her old man and confirm through the rules of grammar what the Holy Ghost had already taught her dad. I shall say no more on this topic at this time. Only the Holy Ghost, through a submissive heart, can teach things hard to be understood.
  10. Climate change

    Go back to the 1970s and you'll find these same types of articles. In the grand scheme of things its all a lie. God is in control. And if we really were going to run out of a natural resource for fuel (as we nearly did with trees during the end of the 19th century), man can and will make use of another resource provided by God. Fact is, there's more oil available now then during the premier of AlGore's first fiction movie. I'm doing my part, I keep the thermostat set cold and bought a GMC Yukon XL that I like to drive around by myself in.
  11. Requirements for Pastors

    Huh? A child has to obey their mother and father; their parents. Do they have to obey their father if their mother dies are you asking? Of course, and their dead mother too. Just because momma told them to clean their room and their dad didn't, doesn't mean they can leave it a mess now that momma is gone and dad hasn't said so himself. It says what it says and we cannot add to it or change it without being accursed. Can you think of any more, "Yeah, but" scenarios? LOL
  12. Requirements for Pastors

    You are taking away from the scriptures and adding to it ma'am. It says children and it is plainly written as plural. In denying the obvious, you're then projecting onto me what you yourself are doing. I also do not believe you've truly read and absorbed each and every word in those passages. It does say MUST, it's not optional as some have claimed. If optional, then the pastor could be a brawler and not even the husband of one wife! Nonsense! As to your last, if a pastor doesn't have, cannot have or lost his children in the context of those verses, he was NEVER called by God to begin with. It's nonsensical to say that a man was called by God but since he has no kids, or one kid, we can ignore or redefine the plural definition of the word children into meaning singular. Child is the singular form of children and if the Lord meant at least one child the translators would have written it to be so.
  13. Requirements for Pastors

    I'm aware of the communist China's one child policy. I'm also aware that many of her people have successfully ignored it. I have never been to China and thus cannot comment on the state of New Testament Churches in that country. This is akin to saying "Yeah, But..." The bible says what it says and I'm not going to try to make it say something it doesn't. Maybe there are more verses that shed light on this subject?
  14. Requirements for Pastors

    " A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;" - 1 Timothy 3:2-4 "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." - 1 Timothy 3:12 "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly." - Titus 1:6 As for me and my house, the King James Bible is sufficient for all matters of faith and practice and do not have to rely upon the Greek for correctly understanding the scriptures. God preserved his Word in the King James and it is perfect and inerrant. Having said that, let’s dig in, shall we? Under the rules of grammar regarding 1 Timothy 3:2-4, we must examine the entire sentence to gain context. This means “a bishop then must be” applies to each requirement (grammatically a predicate adjective) in the sentence. These include: blameless, husband, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given, apt, given, striker, greedy, patient, brawler, covetous, one, and having. A bishop then must be having his children in subjection… Children is the plural form of child. Child is singular, meaning one. Plural means two or more. The bishop must have children. Now let’s address 1 Timothy 3:12. “Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife” means each deacon be a husband of one wife. “Ruling their children” means each deacon must rule his children. The word “their” could be either singular or plural and pertains to all of the deacons in ruling their own children. This verse could be taken either way, children in the general sense. For Titus 1:6, “If any be” is akin to anyone, any one man and again lists the predicate adjectives/requirements which include blameless, husband and having. This plainly states that a requirement for ordaining elders is for the elder to have one wife and children. Children is again here plural else the translators would have written one child like they wrote one wife. In the context of verses 18 through 22 in Colossians 3, we can understand that Paul was speaking to ALL wives, ALL husbands, ALL children, ALL fathers, and ALL servants, each being in the plural. 1 Corinthians 7:14 speaks of children in a general sense as we speak of the church elsewhere in the scriptures. Sometimes it means many churches other times a specific church and so on. As for the situations where children die at varying times, well, these 3 sentences and five verses use children in the present and it would then seem to me that if a man was called to preach he would always have more than two living children during his ministry as pastor. What about adult living children that die? I don’t know and haven’t prayed for wisdom on such. Some have not carefully chosen their words for they are contradictory. They are making the scriptures say something because of their beliefs. We need to all, myself included, take the scriptures literally and not read into them lest we make them say something that isn’t so. In summary, the scriptures show that a pastor must have more than one child, children, that are in subjection and are not accused of riot or unruly. This teaches us that the pastor’s children must be of age to understand subjection and good behavior. Remember, he’s not to be a novice either. Many thanks to my daughter, Julia, for helping Dad diagram sentences. I know what I know through prayer and study but she helped show me the mechanics of it so I, we, could shed more light on the subject with you all.
  15. Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes

    I loved the Navy but as a Christian cannot recommend serving in any of our armed forces anymore. The left has routed out most of the patriots and God-fearing men from power and replaced them with secular-humanists with low or no morals. Some ships no longer have urinals to make the heads asexual so anyone can use them. Such is absurd and I can imagine the lines of guys waiting to use the heads and those who'll just go over the side or in the bilge! LOL What madness! With regards to men and women in close proximity, common sense left the building decades ago and our nation is reaping the iniquity it has sowed. Even our submarines are co-ed now and the navy brass and Washington fools cannot understand why there are problems... The worst offense IMO has been the devaluing of women by the feminazis throughout all areas of society.